Ghassan Zaqtan

Ghassan Zaqtan

Beit Jala / Palestine
Ghassan Zaqtan
Beit Jala / Palestine
Ghassan Zaqtan (Arabic: غسان زقطان‎) is a Palestinian poet, author of ten collections of poetry. He is also a novelist, editor. He was born in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, and has lived in Jordan, Beirut, Damascus, and Tunis. His book “Like a Straw Bird it Follows me” translated by Fady Joudah was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize , 2013. He is nomina ...
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The birds' departure from his heart
leaves the plains white
where the story is white
Is there still time
to tell her,
Family Heirlooms
The cart:
still lurches on since grandfather fled
the boggy fields
The family:
The Sleeper's Song
I ascend the seven levels
Of sleep
In sleep you are
A Picture Of The House At Beit Jala
He has to return to shut that window,
it isn't entirely clear
whether this is what he must do,
things are no longer clear


Mar Beltrán 18 February 2018
Me parece un poeta comprometido, que refleja claramente lo que le ha tocado vivir.
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